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Canine Influenza– What You Need to Know

Posted 06.22.17 by Audrey Parker

As you have probably heard in the media recently, outbreaks of the dog flu (canine influenza) continue to occur across the US, in our neighboring states, and in Tennessee.  Although none of our patients have been impacted yet, we feel the risk is simply becoming too great to ignore.  We had hoped the dog flu outbreaks would be short lived...Read More

Everything You Need To Know About Deworming

Posted 05.04.17 by Audrey Parker

Many clients routinely have questions about deworming their pets. There are many parasites that can affect dogs and cats, and it can be difficult to discern when a dewormer is needed and the type. Intestinal parasites are typically contracted through consuming worm eggs from the soil in the environment, nursing from an infected mother, eating infected wildlife, or in utero...Read More

Low cost Spay Neuter – It’s the right thing to do!

Posted 04.17.17 by Audrey Parker

  All of our locations are low cost spay and neuter sites.  Why?  Because it’s the right thing to do.  We are committed to helping spay and neuter pets and making this procedure accessible to as many pet owners as possible.   And we refuse to cut corners to do it. All spays are not created equal.  The public tends to...Read More

Feline Arthritis

Posted 01.03.17 by Audrey Parker

Most people recognize arthritis in dogs. But what about your cat?  Degenerative joint disease (DJD) is a very common but under-diagnosed condition in cats.   Frequency among age groups was EQUAL from cats as early as 6 months to 16 years!  Signs worsen with age. Feline DJD is difficult to detect because of the cat’s ability to hide pain as a...Read More

Golden-Doodle Mania

Posted 11.08.16 by Audrey Parker

Nearly 10 years ago, I met my first Golden-doodle patient and, having never seen one before, I can remember thinking to myself, “This Golden retriever is having a very interesting hair day!” Fast forward to the present and I typically see a “doodle” patient multiple times a day. Furthermore, my personal family has grown as well to include 3 Golden-doodles...Read More

Diabetes and Pets

Posted 09.14.16 by Audrey Parker

Just like people, diabetes is a fairly common disease of dogs and cats. Blood sugar regulation is performed by the pancreas by producing insulin. Most diabetic cases are Type 1, or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which the pet requires insulin therapy for control of blood sugar. Cats sometimes will have Type 2, or non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, in which diet and...Read More

Reverse Sneezing

Posted 08.31.16 by Audrey Parker

Ever wonder what that funny sneezing/honking sound was that your dog just made?  It may have even seemed like he couldn’t breathe for a few moments or like he was choking on something.  A reverse sneeze, also known as pharyngeal gag reflex, is a common condition seen in dogs.  Fortunately, it’s usually a benign process that rarely requires treatment. Reverse...Read More

What is a Hot Spot?

Posted 08.17.16 by Audrey Parker

“The spot came up on my dog overnight, and now they won’t leave it alone!” This is usually how the conversation goes with panic-stricken clients that have just noticed the huge, bald sore that is red and oozing. After telling them it looks or sounds like they are describing  a hot spot, the next question is typically, “What is a...Read More

Is Anesthesia Safe?

Posted 08.11.16 by Audrey Parker

  General anesthesia is used on a daily basis in most veterinary hospitals. A common conversation with clients is over concern regarding the safety of anesthesia for their pet. The good news is that modern anesthesia is very safe. Today we have access to much better drugs. This allows us to tailor the anesthetic plans to each patient’s individual needs. The risk...Read More

Feline Heartworm Disease

Posted 08.03.16 by Audrey Parker

Cats can get heartworms, too!  The disease presents itself very differently from canine heartworm disease. The cat is NOT the typical host and most worms in cats do not survive the adult stage. The prevalence of heartworm disease in cats versus in dogs is much lower. Cats that do have adult worms normally only have 2-3, but many cats never end...Read More

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